Monday, July 6, 2015

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande

Being Mortal was recommended to me by a friend, Huy, while Boomer and I were vacationing with him and his wife.

Gawande argues that the quality of life matters, even at the very end of life when modern medicine traditionally pulls out all stops to continue life. Gawande tells stories of family members and patients of his, and what mattered to them at the end of their lives, and the kinds of conversations that were necessary in order to provide them quality lives at the end.

This isn't a book that looks that fun to read, and honestly, it's not. However, it is important and provides a different perspective about how to care for older adults and why it matters.

Thanks for the recommendation, Huy!

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